How we have implemented digital accessibility (and tips on how your business can do it too!)

20th May 2021 is Global Accessibility Awareness Day, which means it’s time to talk about how we can foster digital access and inclusion for the more than one billion people in the world with disability or impairment.

Over the past few months, we here at Mai-Wel have been educating ourselves on digital accessibility and have implemented a series of actions to make our digital content more accessible and inclusive. Some of these have included:

  • Implementing an accessibility tool on our website which can adapt the font, size of text, colour contrasting and many other features
  • Implementing audio tools on our website which read our blog posts out loud, either from the start of the story or when highlighted, to help those with visual impairment to access our content.
  • Providing alt-text descriptions on images we share on social media so those who use a screen reader are able to convey the meaning or content displayed visually in the image.
  • Minimised our use of emojis and acronyms as they are not compatible with screen readers
  • We’ve begun to add subtitles to all our videos
  • Using meaningful link titles that reference the specific page on the specific website, rather than just ‘click here’.

Digital accessibility may be a new concept for you and your business, and it can be difficult to know how or where to start adding this to your digital content. Well, we’re here to tell you from experience that it’s easier than it sounds! Here are some resources to help you implement digital accessibility and inclusion into your digital presence today: